And the Bible stories come alive by Hollywood Standards. That means totally inaccurate in some cases.  I often recall the scene in the “ Ten Commandments”  where Charlton Heston, playing a gray haired MOSES, parting the Red Sea, and in his deep bass voice bellowing those famous words,   “Let my people go”    just after he broke the main plumbing lines and flooded their homes and basements, polluted the water, and encouraged the roaches and frogs to proliferate.  

It was terrible, since few of those things worked in those days anyway but Hollywood comes to the rescue taking those stories written by people who passed them down from generation to generation and couldn’t write anyway. 

And just like the game where you whisper the clue to the next person in a circle and by the time it gets back to the origional person, the whole things changed.  Thats what most of the bible stories are.

Obviously a book that was written by centuries and 

LOTS wife was not a pillar of salt because she looked back.  It was more likely white volcanic ash that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  They were cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and in the deuterocanonical books, as well as in the Quran and the Hadith.

And the four gospels were written eighty years after the resurrection,  two had nothing in support of the story line and they differ based on whose telling it.  The birth of jesus in Betlehem is inaccurate as the polls take at that time place his birth 75 miles away in Nazareth.   Just too much inaccuracy for something to be more than a nice story.

According to the Torah, the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim, and Bela. These five cities, were situated on the Jordan River plain in the southern region of the land of Canaan. The plain was compared to the garden of Eden as being well-watered and green, suitable for grazing livestock. 

Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.  No salt plants were involved in the making of that destruction.  Neighboring Bela was the only city to be spared. 

In Abrahamic religions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of divine retribution.  Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and today as metaphors for vice and homosexuality, although a close reading of the text and other Ancient Near Eastern sources suggest that this association may be incorrect

The story has therefore given rise to words in several languages. These include the English word sodomy, which is used in sodomy laws to describe sexual “crimes against nature", namely anal or oral sex (particularly homosexual), or bestiality. Some Islamic societies incorporate punishments associated with Sodom and Gomorrah into Sharia law.

Thats how the Bible, both the Version Old Testament and Version New Testament was written and some versions remade to suit variant Liturgical Christianity when the Popes got their hands on it and were rewritten thirteen times.  

It’s nothing more than a collection of stories and parables massaged, twisted and changed over two thousand years.  The Popes changed it for financial gain, others changed it because they didn’t like the way the Popes did things.  So they rewrote the book and started another religious tributary.

Religion is a man tool and man recreates it as needed for his personal benefit.  When Hollywood portrays the stories as the greatest stories ever told, they are right but unfortunately they are not in some cases the greatest truths ever told.  It all made to sell and make money. 


And in the same movie, Yul Brynner, playing RAMSES, with that stare, his three quarter magnificent profile quoting the memorable line “ So it shall be written, so it shall be done”.  
And the court scribe yelled back  “Hold that thought chief, I just ran out of ink and got to find a fresh squid”.

And how can you forget the beautiful Delilah (Hedy Lamar stroking the Black Olive Oil laden hair of handsome Samson (Victor Mature)  and screaming “ Yuck, you smell like a day old salad, don’t you have hair spray”?

Acts not parables, Deeds not showmanship and fact, not fiction. Thats the lesson the bible should be teaching.

06-07-2019 aljacobsladder.com